Fear not the Swamp
Putin's atomic genitals are irrelevant
It was a beautiful blue cool clear day in Kyiv. The excitement of Biden's not-so-secret visit to Kyiv could be felt everywhere in the capital. Secret service agents have been scouting out the capital for weeks.
A day before Biden's arrival, Russia eerily staged large-scale strategic (nuclear) deterence training exercises and turned on its “Monolith” central command system, a gesture as costly as it is meaningless, because what will happen can’t be avoided.
As practicing philosopher Vladimir Pastukhov noted on Telegram, “[For Putin,] there are more impressive methods of raising morale than a demonstration of his atomic balls.
Wouldn't it be easier for the Supreme Commander to respond symmetrically and fly at least to the Donbas and just walk around Donetsk? Maybe even in body armor?
The realization of the simple fact that Putin might actually turn Ukraine into a pile of radioactive dust has led to a result that was exactly the opposite of what Kremlin planners were counting on. That’s because what will happen cannot be avoided. If someone wants to kill himself, there’s little you can do to prevent it. An increasing number of western leaders are thinking that if armageddon is indeed inevitable, then why bother delaying it.
We came to that conclusion on Day 14.
Which brings us back to the inadequate supply of guns and ammo I was whining about yesterday.
Let's say a person owes you a million dollars. And you just have problems and need the money urgently. But this person, instead of paying back the debt, drops by for a cup of tea. And he coughs up only a small part of the debt, saying that this shows how he powerfully morally supports you at a difficult moment in life.
A sad, heavy spectacle of the triumph of the psychology of the eternal victim, the eternal slave.
That’s according to Maksym Kukhar, who said this means to forget losses suffered because Emmanuel and Olaf (and their European predecessors) were slow on the uptake and haven’t sent enough long-range missiles and fighter jets and tanks fast enough to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from dying needlessly.
Maybe the mess will become less bloody tomorrow after Vova speaks to Russians and Joe lectures Poles in Warsaw? I don’t think so.
Oh, and today we mark the ninth anniversary of shooting homemade bazookas in Kyiv.
Tomorrow, we’ll mark the ninth anniversary of the massacre near Independence Square.
Fungible Ukraine. Lurching toward the Day of Reckoning (February 19, 2023)